Reprieve/Regret & ADHD

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Symptoms of ADHD in Women — Verywell Mind

  • Paper clutter: It often feels like you’re drowning in paper. At work, home, in your car, and even in your purse. You have an uneasy feeling that unpaid bills and forgotten projects are hiding under all the paper. You don’t feel organized with money and are usually behind with bills.
  • Overspending: You often overspend to compensate for other problems. For example, when you don’t have a clean outfit to wear for an office party, you buy a new one. Or when you forget someone’s birthday, you buy an expensive present to make up for it. Shopping trips make you feel better in the moment, but you feel regretful later when the credit card bill arrives.
  • Disorganization: You may spend a lot of time, money, and research on products to help you be more organized, but then you don’t use them. You may feel embarrassed to have guests visit your home because it’s so cluttered and disorganized.
  • Indecision: Grocery stores overwhelm you, and you may find it hard to make decisions about what to buy. You often forget a key ingredient for a meal even though you take longer in the store than most people do.

Co-Occurring Conditions

  • Substance use disorders, such as addiction to alcohol or drugs
  • Anxiety disorders, such as social anxiety disorder (SAD) or obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Sleep disorders
  • Eating disorders, such as anorexia or bulimia
  • Mood disorders, like depression or bipolar disorder

Symptoms of Inattention

  • Easily distracted by irrelevant sights and sounds
  • Shift from one activity to another and get bored easily
  • Appear forgetful and even spacey or confused
  • Makes careless mistakes
  • Struggles to stay on task and pay attention
  • Difficulty following instructions, finishing projects, and staying on-task
  • Trouble organizing tasks.
  • Loses belongings frequently

Other ADHD Symptoms

  • Tasks, homework, a project at work, or a household chore seem to take them longer than other people. While they have a low tolerance for boredom, they may hyper-focus on tasks that interest them, to the detriment of essential activities like sleep and social interaction.
  • They are often accused of not trying or not appearing to care. They seem to underachieve in areas of life where they have a lot of potential and talent, such as academics, their profession, athletics, or managing finances.
  • They can be very forgetful of things ranging from important people’s birthdays, taking out the trash, or handing in homework (even when it has been completed).
  • They face financial problems, even if they earn an above-average wage. Impulsive spending and forgetting to pay bills can cause problems.
  • They love caffeine. It might be a standing joke among friends how much coffee or energy drinks they consume.
  • They have significant problems with sleep. Getting to sleep, staying asleep, and waking up on time does not happen quickly.
  • They do not trust themselves to do what they say they will. They worry about many things, including things they might have forgotten to do. Because of this, they often have low self-esteem after years of not meeting their own and other people’s expectations.



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